Corsica by Nicolas Stromboni

Corsica: The Recipes by Nicolas Stromboni is a beautifully photographed book celebrating all that is Corsican. Far more than a collection of recipes, the pages here also reflect the people and the landscape of this island while exploring eighty incredible recipes designed to be prepared in anyone's home kitchen.

Relatively unexplored by visitors from outside Europe (although it attracts an estimated three million from France annually), Corsica is a Mediterranean island steeped in rich food culture. With incredible geography ranging from the mountains to the plains and the stunning coastline, Corsica has long been a well-loved idyll for those in the know. It is also home to a unique cuisine that blends the best of French and Italian food and that respects its homegrown produce: citrus fruits, grapes, chestnuts, cheese, herbs, fish, seafood, and charcuterie.

Tucked within the recipes are portraits of those who live and work there, and those instrumental in maintaining Corsica's rich food culture. You will meet cheesemaker, Jean-André Mameli, and learn his technique for making Brocciu cheese, a sheep's or goat's milk cheese. Then recipes utilizing the cheese such as Artichokes with Brocciu cheese or Chestnut polenta follow. Other portraits include those of fishermen, farmers, cooks, restauranteers and more. 

A Fiadone (a bottomless cheesecake), E Frappe (a light and delicate sweet fritter), and Polpetti in salsa rossa (veal meatballs) are other examples of dishes here along with myraid seafood and vegetable dishes. While immersing ourselves in the cuisine, we also learn about Corsica's donkeys, wine, hazelnut growers, food vocabulary and so much more. 

The Pork cutlets and Ciaccia, a dreamy potato and cheese pie, were both simple and delicious and need to be made again soon. This gorgeous book has put Corsica on my list of destinations to experience and until then I must be content to study its photos and recipes and dream.

Special thanks to Smith Street Books for sharing the following recipe with our members today as well as providing four copies of this book in our contest below open to our members in the US (2 copies) and New Zealand and Australia (2 copies).

Murtoli tart recipe by Jean Neel
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Serves 4

Equipment: an electric mixer, an ovenproof dish, a tart ring base

  • 50 g (1¾ oz) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 50 g (1¾ oz) ground hazelnuts
  • 100 g (3½ oz) butter
  • 100 g (3½ oz) smoked Sartène cheese or parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 2 eggplants (aubergines)
  • 2 zucchini (courgettes)
  • 3 onions
  • 8 tomatoes
  • 190 ml (6½ fl oz/¾ cup) olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • salt and pepper
  • 350 g (12½ oz) fresh brocciu cheese or firm ricotta
  • 10 g (¼ oz) marjoram and mint

The day before

In an electric mixer, combine the flour, ground hazelnuts, butter, cheese, egg and 2 teaspoons water. Form into a smooth ball. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

On the day

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).

Cut the eggplants, zucchini, onions and tomatoes into 5 mm (¼ in) slices and lay them, overlapping, in an ovenproof dish. Moisten with a drizzle of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for about 25 minutes.

Reduce the oven temperature to 160°C (320°F).

Roll out the dough to a 5 mm (¼ in) thick circle and line the base of a tart tin. Prick with a fork and bake until light brown.

Return the oven temperature to 180°C (350°F). Mash the brocciu with a fork, then incorporate the olive oil and herbs. Season with salt and pepper.

Carefully arrange the roasted vegetables on the pastry, alternating the layers with brocciu. Scatter over a few pieces of brocciu to finish and bake for 20 minutes.

To drink A rosé from Clos Canarelli.

Notes: I owe this recipe to Jean Neel, when he was the chef at Domaine de Murtoli, in Sartène. My friends and I were truly addicted to his cheese and hazelnut sable pastry in particular.

Of course, this recipe is seasonal, but I admit that when in winter I have the desire to recreate the ambiance of that vineyard on my plate, I crack and use vegetables that aren't quite from the right season...but the pastry, that's always there. This dish can be served warm or cold.


Recipe excerpt courtesy of Smith Street Books from Corsica: The Recipes by Nicolas Stromboni. Photography by Sandra Mahut. 

The publisher is offering four copies of this book to EYB Members in the US, NZ and AU.   One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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72 Comments

  • DarcyVaughn  on  3/18/2018 at 5:52 PM

    Suppa di pesci

  • Sharmiro  on  3/18/2018 at 5:58 PM

    I have to make that tart--I have a blue plate that needs it.

  • heyjude  on  3/18/2018 at 6:55 PM

    Marine Salad

  • Siegal  on  3/18/2018 at 7:00 PM

    I want to make veal leg confit

  • kmn4  on  3/18/2018 at 7:33 PM

    Figatellu shepherd's pie

  • Singleta417  on  3/18/2018 at 10:01 PM

    The Scampi Tartare sounds delicious! That would be first on my list to try.

  • sgump  on  3/19/2018 at 9:04 AM

    If I could get chestnut flour (and figatelli sausages . . . and brocciu cheese), I'd make the chestnut polenta with figatelli and broccio cheese--sounds to be a winning combination!

  • lebarron2001  on  3/19/2018 at 1:54 PM

    Oven-baked fish Mediterranean-style

  • sarahawker  on  3/19/2018 at 2:00 PM

    Brocciu cheese doughnuts

  • Ladyberd  on  3/19/2018 at 3:41 PM

    Bastia-style strozapretti Sounds very interesting and delish!

  • ravensfan  on  3/19/2018 at 6:34 PM

    Figatellu shepherd's pie

  • rchesser  on  3/19/2018 at 6:57 PM

    Bonifacio-style eggplants

  • Scotsman61  on  3/19/2018 at 11:28 PM

    The Scampi Tartare

  • lgroom  on  3/20/2018 at 11:15 AM

    Vegetable tartare.

  • jmay42066  on  3/20/2018 at 6:16 PM

    Ratatouille

  • thecharlah  on  3/20/2018 at 8:03 PM

    Artichokes with brocciu cheese in a tomato sauce base

  • robynsanyal  on  3/21/2018 at 9:31 AM

    Lentils and figatelli

  • Lem9579  on  3/21/2018 at 9:51 AM

    Bonifacio - style eggplants

  • monique.potel  on  3/21/2018 at 12:37 PM

    Pork terrine with myrtle berries my mouth is salivating

  • infotrop  on  3/21/2018 at 1:08 PM

    to tell you the truth, I'm trying the provided Murtoli tart recipe asap!

  • EmilyR  on  3/21/2018 at 3:05 PM

    Brocciu cheese doughnuts

  • Karla123  on  3/21/2018 at 5:54 PM

    Citrus salad with saffron...sounds divine!

  • sipa  on  3/23/2018 at 4:24 PM

    Chestnut polenta with figatelli and broccio cheese

  • sugo  on  3/24/2018 at 1:46 AM

    Cannelloni with brocciu cheese

  • leilx  on  3/24/2018 at 9:41 AM

    Fisherman’s stew, ratatouille and preserved citron definitely!

  • JenJoLa  on  3/24/2018 at 3:38 PM

    Chestnut flour and brocciu cheese fritters (Fritelle castagnine)

  • choppergirl  on  3/25/2018 at 8:02 AM

    Mashed brocciu cheese

  • RSW  on  3/25/2018 at 7:10 PM

    Veal and figatellu pie with porcini mushrooms (

  • Uhmandanicole  on  3/26/2018 at 8:25 AM

    Veal with olives

  • LaurenE  on  3/26/2018 at 4:51 PM

    Chestnut polenta with figatelli and broccio cheese

  • AnnaZed  on  3/28/2018 at 10:39 PM

    Lentils and figatelli

  • t.t  on  3/29/2018 at 3:48 AM

    Vegetable tartare

  • Sfgordon  on  3/29/2018 at 12:41 PM

    Artichokes with brocciu cheese in a tomato sauce base

  • fbrunetti  on  3/30/2018 at 12:18 PM

    Stuffed veal breast

  • Dannausc  on  3/30/2018 at 5:59 PM

    Making brocciu cheese

  • TrishaCP  on  3/30/2018 at 6:12 PM

    Oven baked fish Mediterranean style

  • finnsmom64  on  3/31/2018 at 10:31 AM

    must try the brocciu cheese first so I can make so many of the other recipes!

  • Shelley.b  on  4/1/2018 at 3:12 PM

    Vegetable tartare

  • Laura1  on  4/1/2018 at 6:13 PM

    Vegetable tartare

  • Jenamarie  on  4/2/2018 at 9:19 AM

    Artichokes with brocciu cheese in a tomato sauce base - artichokes are my favorite!

  • Kduncan  on  4/2/2018 at 4:04 PM

    Marine salad

  • sdg8trgrl  on  4/2/2018 at 5:44 PM

    Sartène-style zucchini

  • amferrer  on  4/3/2018 at 12:19 PM

    Canistrelli with hazelnuts

  • verorenee  on  4/3/2018 at 3:44 PM

    cheese fritters

  • Teruska  on  4/3/2018 at 6:06 PM

    My first choice would be the Roast Suckling Pig. My realistic choice would be Ciaccia which sounds good to me, based on the ingredients.

  • RoseMGenuine  on  4/4/2018 at 6:05 PM

    Potato and pea ragout stewed with pork

  • katehenderson  on  4/5/2018 at 3:33 AM

    Ciaccia

  • topdawg11  on  4/5/2018 at 8:25 AM

    Cannelloni with brocciu cheese

  • jd5761  on  4/5/2018 at 4:18 PM

    Cheese Fritters

  • ktpotat  on  4/7/2018 at 7:22 PM

    Artichokes w/brocclu cheese

  • natashatheoharous  on  4/7/2018 at 7:39 PM

    The brocciu cheese doughnuts sound so good.

  • isabelle  on  4/7/2018 at 8:18 PM

    Polpetti. Yum!

  • featherbooks  on  4/8/2018 at 12:08 AM

    Fisherman' Stew (Azziminu di capicorsu)

  • Werepanda  on  4/8/2018 at 2:28 AM

    Offal kebab Because I'm always looking for new tasty recipes to introduce my family to those "difficult" pieces

  • luccio  on  4/8/2018 at 3:02 AM

    Chestnut flour flan - I've always been meaning to try using chestnut flour...

  • tamt  on  4/8/2018 at 3:23 AM

    Beans and sausage

  • jc214a  on  4/8/2018 at 8:04 AM

    Wild Oysters with Lemon.

  • PeavineBlues  on  4/8/2018 at 9:36 AM

    Figatellu

  • RickPearson54  on  4/8/2018 at 9:41 AM

    marine salad

  • jim.windle  on  4/8/2018 at 10:21 AM

    pork terrine with myrtle berries

  • Shana.  on  4/8/2018 at 11:04 AM

    Tomato salad with four flavours

  • GregH  on  4/10/2018 at 6:01 PM

    Beans and sausage

  • gypsymagic  on  4/10/2018 at 7:10 PM

    Artichokes with brocciu cheese in a tomato sauce base

  • rachael_mc  on  4/15/2018 at 6:46 PM

    Veal and figatellu pie with porcini mushrooms - wOW!

  • nesshawk  on  4/16/2018 at 7:56 PM

    Impurate - leek fried dough! A Corsican scallion pancake?

  • Julia  on  4/17/2018 at 4:25 PM

    Stuffed mussels

  • VeryVigario  on  4/17/2018 at 10:27 PM

    Brocciu cheese doughnuts!

  • orchidlady01  on  4/21/2018 at 3:38 AM

    Beans and sausage

  • littleminxgirl  on  4/23/2018 at 6:48 AM

    I'm not sure where to start.. the cheese donuts sound interesting though

  • Sueskitchen  on  4/25/2018 at 10:11 AM

    chestnut flan

  • MiMi60  on  4/25/2018 at 8:48 PM

    Offal kebab (A rivia)

  • emmpower  on  4/25/2018 at 10:17 PM

    The Stuffed Mussels look delicious!

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